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Online Safety
Private Domain Depot is promoting Online Safety and Security

Online Privacy, Safety and Identity Protection
Needed More Now Than Ever

       Twenty-first century technology has advanced rapidly beyond expectation. With this technology we have gained unlimited access to knowledge and information around the globe through the phenomenal gateway known as "The Internet!" We have 24/7 access with the click of a keystroke to anything and everything that you can possibly imagine, all from the privacy and safety of our homes or offices. But, Use Caution - There Are Risks!

       You can trace your roots, research your hobby, sell your handcrafts, find a sweetheart, find a new home, blog and even pay your bills. But, Beware! While you have access to the endless resources on the internet, you must remember that billions and billions of other people also share cyberspace. Many of the so called "other people" have invented countless malicious schemes to harm and defraud you, steal your identity and empty your bank accounts. The developing technology geared towards fraud has advanced at alarming rates.

       Most consumers are not aware that upon registering a domain name, their name, address, telephone number and e-mail address are made public worldwide immediately and can be accessed by anyone at anytime in the WHOIS. The personal information made public could be especially harmful for battered spouses, home businesses that deal with large amounts of cash, expensive inventory, antiques or the collector that showcases valuable collections.

       With identity theft on the rise, a thief sometimes only needs a minimum of information to cause years of harm, hardship or worse. Whether the website is a family album, hobby, antique or coin collection, club, blog or storefront, caution must be taken. The consumer must be informed of the dangers online and safer options against privacy intrusions.

       Most of the time only common sense precautions are needed to avoid intrusions against your privacy and well-being. Never give anyone more information than you would give to a complete stranger on a street corner! Additionally, never respond to unsolicited email, no matter how convincing it appears. Never respond to e-mail that requires you to release or verify personal information even if it appears to be from a company or bank that you normally deal with. No reputable company will ask you for personal or identifying information in an e-mail. If you are in doubt, contact the company directly, not through the email you have received.

       Do not store your personal information, account numbers or any other information that you do not want others to view in your computer. When your computer prompts to inquire if you want to save your passwords, etc. click "NO." Take extra precaution with a firewall and virus protection program.

       If you are a website owner, you should begin by obtaining Private Domain Name Registration. That should be step one of protecting you online identity. If you have an e-commerce website that requires an address be displayed, rent a box at your local post office for a minimal fee.

       A website holds a wealth of information about a person, family or home business. However, millions of people are unknowingly offering the same information to billions of stranger's worldwide everyday.

       There is no complete or one remedy to stop identity theft, data miners, harassment or stalking. But when we all use simple common sense, inform and educate each other of the dangers that may await on the internet, we are all contributing to the prevention of online fraud and identity theft. Together we can all be part of the solution.

Copyright © 2006 Private Domain Depot, All Rights Reserved.

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Blogging, An American Pastime
Be Cautious

       Could the blog possibly be the new pet rock of the 21st century? It appears that everyone has to have one! Everyday we are exposed to blogs, some serious and others completely ridiculous. One thing everyone can agree on is blogs are everywhere. It doesn't matter where you are these days, you are bound to hear about or read somebody's blog.

       Bloggers come in all shapes and sizes, rich and poor, from every known profession and background, from every political party and opinion. You can find blog content in every possible category of interest. There are people who own a blog, we all know who they are. How many times a day do you hear "check it out on my blog" or "be sure to check out this blog." Then there are people who can't wait to to read somebody's blog everyday. Finally, there are people that spend all of their time commenting on blogs.

       You can find a blog to participate in no matter what your interests are, personal, celebrity, media, political, religion, family, hobby, business and endless other blog content. If you are not satisfied with the blogs of others you can start your own.

       Blogs have become very inexpensive and with the help of modern technology they are loaded with features that make them easy and fun to personalize and manage. Many people are making money from their blogs with advertising or selling products.

       While blogging can be fun, educational or even a social outlet, the blogger must be responsible. You must remember that everything you post on a blog, whether it's a thought, opinion, personal or job related information the post is exposed to the world and remains there forever. No one knows who reads or copies this same information or for what reason they do.

       An example of being irresponsible would be a single woman, living alone with a blog, she has her name, address and telephone number posted and she comments on her blog about the expensive jewelry collection she recently inherited from her grandmother. Use common sense!

       Private domain name registration conceals your name, address, telephone number and email from prying eyes and data miners.

       Be cautious because you do not know who is gathering your information or the purpose they are gathering it for. Do not divulge more information than you would in a casual conversation with a stranger. Information, criticism and photos that you post on a blog could later cause you harm or your job.

       You can still have fun and be cautious and responsible. Think of blogs as entertainment, not a form of therapy.

Copyright © 2006 by Private Domain Depot, All Rights Reserved

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Is there anyway to hide my personal information in the WHOIS directory?

       You should know that the information listed on your domain name registration has to be made publicly available per our Registrar's agreement with ICANN, the international governing body of domain names. Using false information will violate the registration agreement and lead to the termination of your domain registration.

       However, we do offer a solution to help protect your privacy. You can register your domain name with us using our private domain name registration services.

       When you purchase our private domain registration services, the WHOIS directory will list your domain name by proxy. You still retain the full benefits of domain registration. You can:

              1. Cancel, sell, or transfer your domain name registration.
              2. Revert the registrant listing for your domain name.
                  registration back to you.
              3. Renew your domain name registration when it expires.
              4. Designate the name servers for your domain.
              5. Resolve claims arising out of a dispute involving your domain
                  name registration.

       Do not use private domain name registration to transmit spam, violate the law, or engage in morally objectionable activities. Including but not limited to those which are:

• Child pornographic • Harmful to minors • Defamatory • Abusive • Threatening • Harassing • Tortuous • Obscene • Racially, Ethnically, or otherwise objectionable; or involve Hate Crimes or Terrorism

       Help make the internet a safe, productive and enjoyable experience for everyone...

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